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Anthology (1956-1980)
     

Anthology (1956-1980)

by Brenda Lee
 
Brenda Lee hasn't been treated well by reissue culture -- no remastered albums -- and, excepting the Bear Family box set she deserved (and received), only a few compilations, like this two-disc set from MCA. Fortunately, Anthology, Vols. 1 & 2 (1956-1980) is all most fans will need to appreciate why Lee was one of the most intense performing personalities

Overview

Brenda Lee hasn't been treated well by reissue culture -- no remastered albums -- and, excepting the Bear Family box set she deserved (and received), only a few compilations, like this two-disc set from MCA. Fortunately, Anthology, Vols. 1 & 2 (1956-1980) is all most fans will need to appreciate why Lee was one of the most intense performing personalities recording in Nashville, just behind Elvis Presley. But Lee had more power than Presley, and more control as well, and the two ranked nearly even in delivery. (Of course, Elvis received song material of a much higher quality than she did.) Her first hit, "Dynamite," along with "Sweet Nothin's," and "Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home" rank with the best country/pop
ockabilly performances of the era. Lee could pull off bright novelties such as "Let's Jump the Broomstick" or "Dum Dum" with no problem, and add something new to a well-worn standard, like her bluesy, swinging version of Leiber & Stoller's "Kansas City," or the vocal jazz chestnut "You Can Depend on Me." As the later material here proves, Lee also excelled in the melodramatic countrypolitan mode; moving from teenaged exuberance to middle-aged reflection and resignation -- in character, of course; she only turned 30 in 1974 -- to bring across moving country heartbreakers "Johnny One Time," "As Usual," and "Emotions." The track selection is excellent, touching on every major performance of her career, as well as those she's best known for in rock circles: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "Is It True?," the latter a 1964 rock & roll hit recorded in London with Jimmy Page on guitar.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/1991
Label:
Mca Nashville
UPC:
0008811038427
catalogNumber:
10384

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brenda Lee   Primary Artist,Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Organ,Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar
Oak Ridge Boys   Vocals
Jimmy Page   Guitar
Caiola   Guitar
Jay Berliner   Guitar
Don Helms   Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar
Bill Pursell   Piano
Dave Carey   Vibes
Sam "The Man" Taylor   Saxophone
Anita Kerr Singers   Background Vocals
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Owen Bradley   Piano
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Buddy Harman   Drums
Holiday Sisters   Background Vocals
Jerry Kennedy   Guitar
Douglas Kirkham   Drums
Marty Manning   Conductor
Louis Mauro   Bass
Boots Randolph   Trombone,Saxophone,Vibes
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano,Keyboards
Buddy Saltzman   Drums
Don Sheffield   Trumpet
Nicholas Tagg   Organ
Joe Zinkan   Bass
Farris Coursey   Drums
Marvin Hughes   Piano
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
Bob Moore   Bass
Andrew Ackers   Piano
William K. McElhiney   Trumpet
Ray Charles Singers   Background Vocals
Herschel Hewarth   Guitar
Edward O'Conner   Guitar
Sanford Block   Bass

Technical Credits

William Bell   Composer
Budd Johnson   Composer
Ronnie Self   Composer
Michael Berniker   Producer
Owen Bradley   Producer
Ron Chancey   Producer
Bill Inglot   Tape Research
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Marty Manning   Arranger
Andy McKaie   Reissue Producer
Mickie Most   Producer
Jack Pleis   Director
Bergen White   String Arrangements
Alex Zanetis   Composer
Manos Hadjidakis   Composer
Chris Townes   Composer
Diana Haig   Liner Notes
Diane Lampert   Composer
James Martin   Composer
Kirby Stone Four   Composer
Jim Kemp   Art Direction
David Wilkins   Composer
Stanley Kay   Composer
Arthur Altman   Composer
Pino Spotti   Composer
Dub Albritton   Composer
A. Testa   Composer
Arnie Altman   Composer
Jimmie Hodges   Composer
Kathryn R. Fulton   Composer
Bill Barnes   Art Direction
V F Stewart   Composer
Ioann Idis   Composer
Shari Sheeley   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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